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If you need directions to a meeting place, please call the hike leader. If you would rather join the group closer to the trailhead, please add that in the comments as you sign up for the hike, and the hike leader will contact you about the best rendezvous.

Location A - Van Buren - Cloverleaf Plaza parking lot by the stop light.

Location B - Fort Smith - Home Depot parking lot on the corner by the stop light.



Equipment

When hiking with the group, please bring all necessary personal items, such as water, lunch, sunscreen, etc., that you will need for an outdoor activity. Please be prepared for weather changes with rain gear and layers of clothing. Don't depend on fellow hikers to supply any of your needs. See our articles page for comments on hike equipment.

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Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 Meet Time: 8:00 AM Sign Up
Event: Seven Hollows at Petit Jean State Park
Meet Location: See below for special meeting location.
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More Info: This is a really beautiful 4.2 mile trail with super scenic spots nearly every step of the way! It’s got lots of bluffs, boulders, waterfalls and a natural bridge. Trail is rated moderate due to rough trail and elevation changes. Bring lunch and water. Meet at Cloverleaf Plaza for an 8AM departure. Bob will lead.
Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014 Meet Time: 1:00 PM Sign Up
Event: Lake Fort Smith Trails
Meet Location: See below for special meeting location.
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More Info: We will hike along the Ozark Highland Trail and then take the Shepherd Springs Loop back to the visitors center, There will be views of the lake and historical remnants along the trail. Hike rated moderate. Bring snack and water. We will leave from Cloverleaf Plaza, Van Buren, at 1 PM. Kenya is leading.
Monday, Nov. 17, 2014 Meet Time: 7:00 PM Sign Up
Event: General Meeting-Tim Ernst Show
Meet Location: See below for special meeting location.
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More Info: This meeting will be at Grace Community United Methodist Church, 4001 Brooken Hill Drive, Fort Smith. The program will be presented by Tim Ernst, well-known Arkansas author and nature photographer. We depend on his hiking books for directions to and descriptions of the beautiful trails in Arkansas. He also finds and photographs the stunning scenery in our state and elsewhere. He will be showing his new slide program featuring pictures from his new book, “ARKANSAS NIGHTSCAPES: Wilderness Photos From Twilight 'Till Dawn”. There will be a question-answer time for you to ask hiking, photography or outdoors-related questions. Tim will have his books, posters and calendars available for purchase. Great Christmas gifts! Refreshments, door prizes and social time will follow meeting. Plan to come and bring your non-hiker friends. Admission is free and open to the public.
Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 Meet Time: 8:00 AM Sign Up
Event: Trails at Mt Kessler
Meet Location: See below for special meeting location.
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More Info: We are excited to go back to 1,854 foot Mt Kessler. This is a private area west of Fayetteville where volunteers have built 8.5 miles of trails. We will begin on the Rock City Trail, an area known for its stunning rock formations. We will then follow one of the loops for a total distance of 5-6 miles rated moderate. Weather permitting we will have pizza at Mr. Sharp’s as we did in the spring. If you have not done so previously, you will be required to sign a waiver and release of liability form prior to the hike. It can be found at http://www.mtkesslergreenways.com/index.html. Click the contact us button to print the form. Meet at Cloverleaf Plaza, Van Buren, for an 8AM departure. Linda is hike leader.
Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 Meet Time: 8:00 AM Sign Up
Event: Pedestal Rocks-Kings Bluff
Meet Location: See below for special meeting location.
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More Info: There are two loops for a combined distance of 4.3 miles with a rating of moderate. We will be seeing some spectacular and unique sandstone bluff formations and terrific views of the surrounding mountains. There is a 100-ft waterfall over Kings Bluff. Bring lunch and water. Meet at Cloverleaf Plaza, Van Buren, for an 8AM departure. Ed and Judith are leading.
Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 Meet Time: 8:00 AM Sign Up
Event: Maranoni Scenic Area
Meet Location: See below for special meeting location.
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More Info: We will hike to the Maranoni Scenic Area on the Ozark Highland Trail for a distance or 5-6 miles rated moderate. There will be views of the Mulberry River valley, blufflines,rock formations, streams and waterfalls. Bring lunch and water. Meet at Cloverleaf Plaza, Van Buren, for an 8 AM departure. Bob is hike leader.



Risk

Although you are probably safer in the woods than you are in the city, you could be injured while traveling to or participating in a hike organized by the TrailBlazers Hiking Club. Our volunteer leaders are in no way responsible for your safety. You choose to hike and take the risk, so you are responsible for your own well being. Club leaders urge you to know your limits, take precaution and avoid risky behavior on the trail that could endanger you or others. If you do get hurt while on one of our outings, neither TrailBlazers Hiking Club nor our volunteer leaders accept responsibility. If you do not agree with this, please do us, and yourself, a favor by not participating. We don't want to sound harsh, but our rapid growth and large numbers require us to make this statement.



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